Joseph Pulitzer, Pulitzer Prizes topic of joint talk

BAR HARBOR — Authors James McGrath Morris and Roy J. Harris Jr. will visit the Jesup Memorial Library for a talk and moderated discussion about Joseph Pulitzer and the Pulitzer Prize from its roots to the present day on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m.

In the last years of his life, Pulitzer spent time at his Bar Harbor estate, Chatwold, where he came up with the idea that eventually became the Pulitzer Prizes, now in their centennial year.

Morris’ “Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print, and Power” is considered the authoritative biography of Joseph Pulitzer. Morris chronicles the story of Pulitzer, a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who amassed great wealth and extraordinary power during his remarkable rise through American politics and journalism. Based on years of research and newly discovered documents, it is a portrait of the media baron who transformed American journalism and of the grueling legal battles he endured for freedom of the press that changed the landscape of American newspapers and politics. Jonathan Yardley of The Washington Post wrote, “There have been other biographies of Pulitzer, most notably W.A. Swanberg’s published in 1967, but James McGrath Morris’s is the best. It is authoritative, lucid and fair to its complicated subject.”

Harris’ “Pulitzer’s Gold” is the first book to trace the century-long history of the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. The prize, which recognizes some of the media’s greatest achievements, is awarded annually to a news organization for collaborative reporting that moves readers, provokes change and advances the journalistic profession. Bob Woodward wrote that the book is “the real inside story of the most serious journalism of the last century and a brilliant portrait of America.”

Books will be on sale at the Jesup that night, with a percentage of sales donated to the library. Sherman’s is a co-sponsor of this event.

Contact the Jesup at 288-4245 or [email protected].

This program is funded in part by the Maine Humanities Council as part of the Pulitzer Prize Centennial Campfires Initiative, a joint venture of the Pulitzer Prizes Board and the Federation of State Humanities Councils, in celebration of the 2016 Centennial of the Prizes. The initiative seeks to illuminate the impact of journalism and the humanities on American life today, to imagine the future and to inspire new generations to consider the values represented by the body of Pulitzer Prize-winning work.

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